Making Tracks on Mars

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This is a website about roving on Mars...

I was fortunate enough to be part of the team that designed, built, and drove the first Mars rover--Sojourner--on the surface of Mars during the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997.

That story is chronicled in my new book, "Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission."

I am again privileged to be a participant in the next Mars mission--called Mars Exploration Rover, or MER--that will land two rovers on the Red Planet in January 2004.

I will be periodically recording my observations as the MER rovers explore the terrain of Mars during the next few months...

Monday, December 29, 2003

Six days to first landing
"Spirit," the first of the Mars Exploration Rovers to reach Mars, will be landing next Saturday night, January 3rd. The British mission to put a lander on Mars--Beagle 2--should have landed on Christmas Eve, but has been silent ever since.

Landing on Mars is hard! I wish the Beagle 2 team well, and hope they hear from their spacecraft soon. I cannot help but hope that our own landing goes more smoothly, with a quick confirmation from Spirit that it has arrived unscathed.
12:27 am pst

2004.02.01 | 2004.01.01 | 2003.12.01

I'll make additions to this site as often as living on Mars time and exploring an alien planet permit...


Links to other Mars-related websites:

Mars Pathfinder Mission archive

Mars Exploration Rover Mission

Mars24: Keep track of Mars time at the MER landing sites